18 June 2007: Style on two wheels

StyleT’ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it. Andrea Casalotti of Velorution and Jean-Marie Orhan (Frenchman-about-town and founding member of the Tweed Cycling Club) offer sartorial advice to urban cyclists. Tribute is paid to the stylish riders of the golden era of professional bicycle racing, including a pilgrimage up Le Mont Ventoux to the spot where stylish British cycling world champion Tom Simpson collapsed and died in the 1967 Tour. Philippe Bordas, former cycling reporter for the L’Equipe newspaper, laments the new era of blood doping that has replaced heroic athlete-artists with boring man-machines.

Upcoming events: Pret A Rouler fashion show on Thursday 21 June. Rapha’s Smithfield Nocturne on Saturday 23 June, featuring an elite criterium race, ‘Le Mans start’ folding bicycle race and bike messenger mashup. Plus Continental Drift DJs.

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4 June 2007: To Paris for La Fête du Vélo // Unicycling in South Dakota

Snow unicycleThe Bike Show visits Paris’s 11th Fête du Vélo. Among the subjects discussed are Paris’s growing love affair with the Brompton folding bicycle, how Cannondale are marketing the latest urban bikes in France, a new puncture proof Dutch tyre and Les Dérailleurs, France’s gay and lesbian friendly cycle touring club. We also discuss unicycling with Mike Ray from South Dakota, who owns not one but five of the contraptions. He explains how unicyclists have escaped the circus for the rough-riding world of singletrack. Plus congratulations to the CTC and others whose campaign against anti-cyclist revisions to the UK highway code has forced the government to back down.

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28 May 2007: Graeme Fife’s life in cycling

This week features a ride in the hills of north Kent hills with writer, broadcaster and cyclist Graeme Fife. Graeme is the author of several of the best English language books about cycling and Le Tour de France. His new book has just been published. It’s a very personal memoir entitled The Beautiful Machine: A life in cycling from Tour de France to Cinder Hill.

26 February 2007: Calling All Bicycle Filmmakers!

Bicycle Film Festival call for entriesLooking ahead to the 2007 Bicycle Film Festival, which has plans for screenings in 15 countries including a third year in London. In the studio is the BFF’s London coordinator Roxy Erickson. We discuss how to make a great bicycle film, even if you’re not an experienced filmmaker. We also tap our feet to the all time grooviest soundtrack of a cycling film: a half hour film about the London-Holyhead road race, at the time the world’s longest single day race.

Two great British-made bicycling short films that ought to be featured in this year’s Bicycle Film Festival are:

Four Minute Tour, a stunning look at the Tour de France, featuring audio from The Bike Show.

Country Commute, a hilarious and charming ride across the Cornish countryside, featuring plenty-o-helmet camera.

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5 February 2007: Cyclosportives, bicycle podcasting and Budapest

In this week’s show we hear from Patrick Field about how to survive the grueling Paris-Brest-Paris: by riding a recumbent. Also a look at the blossoming world of bicycle radio and podcasting and a look ahead to the best in cyclosportives in 2007.

Links:

Bikescape podcast from San Francisco.

Rapha’s ‘Culture Clash’ Roller Race at Shoreditch Town Hall – 10 February 2007

Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive
– 13 May 2007

Tour de France Mega-Sportive – 1 July 2007

L’Eroica Cyclosportive – 7 October 2007 (pictured above)

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22 January 2007: Looking forward to a great year for cycling

Could 2007 be the best year yet for cycling in London? In the studio with Guy Andrews, editor of Rouleur magazine and Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists. We discuss the coming of Le Tour de France to London, the 15th Dunwich Dynamo and other group rides organized by Southwark Cyclists and ask whether London cycling will continue to boom. We also preview the Rapha Roller Race on 10 February with Therese Bjorn.

The first ten Bike Show listeners to donate to Resonance fm’s survival fund will receive a free copy of the current edition of Rouleur magazine – newstand price £9 ($18). You can donate via Paypal or Credit Card and make sure to leave a note saying that you’d like a copy of Rouleur and give your postal address.

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23 October 2006: At Cycle 2006 – Eddy Merckx and a hunt for gadgets

Jack Thurston and Jo Upton in search of the best bicycle gadget at Cycle 2006, the UK’s biggest cycling exhibition and trade fair. Glow in the dark pedals, GPS tools, bike storage, heart rate monitors and lights galore.

We are also granted an exclusive audience with the legendary champion of all cycling champions, Eddy Merckx. Eddy shares his views on cycling in Britain, Floyd Landis’s doping disgrace and the latest developments at his boutique framebuilding company.

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